Barrel Aged The Jones Dog | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged The Jones DogBarrel Aged The Jones Dog

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first batch of Imperial Jones Dog we ever brewed found its way into some Heaven Hill and Buffalo Trace barrels for 10 months and we are sure glad it did. The imperial milk stout brewed with cacao nibs and vanilla beans came out of the barrel with wonderful notes of bourbon, oak, barrel char, vanilla, coconut, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Delicious now or good to cellar in a temperature controlled environment.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 vintage; drank 12/10/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Black appearance.

Minimal dark khaki head; minimal lace.

Burnt brown sugar, whiskey & baking soda notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Burnt caramel, whiskey & cream flavors up front; oak notes on the finish. A touch too sweet & boozy; plus the nose is a bit off-putting. Good, not great.

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Photo of BlakeAM
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 bomber (12 year Elijah Craig barrels) poured into a snifter.

Deep, viscous black pour with a single finger head that quickly recedes into the abyss. Little to no lacing to be found.

Nose is heavy bourbon up front with a nice roast character before the waves of fudge and vanilla start pouring in. As the beer warms, the fudge and vanilla become more pronounced, allowing for some caramel and burnt sugar to shine through.

Taste follows the nose. The 14-15 months has served the brew well, as the only boozy heat that remains is subtle and pleasant, while the flavor profile focuses on decadent desserts like chocolate covered toffee, rich fudge and vanilla ice cream. There's a lingering sweetness that hints towards cloying, but disappears just in time.

Mouth is thick and smooth, exactly how I would expect and barrel aged milk stout to feel.

Overall an incredible brew that I'm happy to have had the opportunity to try. Probably the best BBA milk stout I've ever had.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 209, aged in Buffalo Trace barrels.

L- pitch black, basically no head.

S- bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, some dark fruit.

T- similar to the nose. Bourbon and chocolate, some vanilla.

F- smooth, medium-light body.

O- very nice stout. I'll have to try to track down some of the newer batch(es).

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 403/404 aged in Heaven Hill barrels

A: Black with no head
S: Dark chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, vanilla, cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, sweet, brown sugar, caramel
T: Dark chocolate, balanced bourbon, charred oak, lactose, vanilla, cocoa nibs, brown sugar, milk chocolate
M: Smooth and heavy with light carbonation
O: Incredible balance and plenty of flavor going on here. Great to see the lactose sweetness meld with the bourbon bite to make this crazy drinkable

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Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 403/404

Little head. Black in color.

Nice bourbon flavors. Oak and vanilla and booze. Nice chocolate and cocoa with some roast.

Thick and full bodied. Rich. Molasses and brown sugar.

Very well done. One of the better pipeworks beers I have had.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade one of the best stout I've had.
Slight traces of brown around the edges of a black mass , the head does not last long
Smells of vanilla, chocolate candy with a trace of bourbon, very nice
Same elements but more bourbon wood malt taste with a dab of vanilla toffee and malt, delicious
not throat coating thick , maybe whiskey diluted, but decent feel
I had been looking forward to drinking this for a while, not disappointed

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I did not expect Pipeworks to deliver on a barrel aged stout, as my experience with their beers had all been on the IPA side of things.

The flavors are tasty and the barrel is not overdone.

Worth getting if you do not have to pay the Midwest trading toll.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

what an amazing Milk Stout.. poured from 12 oz bottle... age was just right.. smell is smooth bourbon and vanilla.. mouthfeel is great... taste is fantastic.. def a world class BBA stout!

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Very dark opaque brown with a 2 finger frothy lingering head.

S. Very nice bourbon aroma but not too heavy and hot. Some cigar vanilla.

T. Lots of vanilla and bourbon. Real nice cocoa and coffee. Finishing with toffee.

M. Nice thick consistency. Not quite bcbs motor oil but very nice. Light carbonation that really compliments.

O. Awesome beer. Prob a little overrated as I just had a central waters bourbon barrel reserve which I thought could hang with it. Nonetheless just a great beer.

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Photo of eifster82
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2. From bomber into snifter.
12-year Elijah Craig barrels.

My favorite milk stout. Pitch black upon pour. Very little to no foam head. Sweet malts, chocolate and bourbon taste. Bourbon is very much pronounced on the nose and the taste. Vanilla smoothness comes out at the end. Just a very well done stout in general.

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Photo of vic21234
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Label states it was bottled Fall 2015

A- Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with a small amount of cocoa colored head.

S- Sweet malts, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon.

T- Strong notes of chocolate cocoa and vanilla up front give way to smooth bourbon character. It all melds together very nicely.

M- Medium bodied, hot yet smooth, with a nice warming feeling after each sip from the heat.

Awesome stuff.

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Photo of floridadrift
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heaven Hills barrels
Smooth mouth feel
Big barrel notes of vanilla, oak and some boozy heat. Semi-sweet but drinkable, enjoyed cold first and let it warm down. Body is medium to the tongue, not great but not bad. Thankful I got to try it!

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Photo of KevSal
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 bomber

Holy smokes! This is fantastic! Reminds me a lot of 4 hands volume 1. Vanilla is huge. I honestly prefer how well the vanilla integrates in this beer than vanilla rye

Highly recommend!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat thin, but a milky smooth dark brown with a thin layer of light brown foam to top it.

Huge vanilla aroma that hits immediately, chocolate, spices, and bourbon.

The cacao bean is much more noticeable in flavor as the chocolate flavor takes front stage, while a creamy vanilla sweetness emerges and is washed out with slightly spicy but warming bourbon.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, creamy smooth, sweet, bourbon warmth.

Overall, a truly fantastic brew, I would love to see this released more often!

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Photo of RMelyon
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good. I'm not a fan of the base beer, and the barrel certainly improved things here. But, I got too much heat/sour grape rind flavor for my liking

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Photo of lefty418
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this month's ago waiting to open it for my birthday. The day finally came and it poured beautifully. It smelled amazing and when I took a sip it didn't disappoint. a great beer.

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Photo of stortore
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

original rating, no review, at Goose Island Stout Fest. Updated on 7/19/15

22 ounce bottle, batch #403-404 into a Pipeworks snifter.

Pours almost black, thick looking. Only a very small head when warm, no lacing. Holy crap, this smells incredible. Intense Bourbon, strong vanilla and oak; also a solid malt aroma. Taste also leads with Bourbon, but not excessively so. Stronger vanilla than the nose, more malts, still a good amount of oak. Getting some chocolate now, as well. Delicious. Very smooth, somewhat creamy- more than a typical BBA, a real tongue coater.

I'm an unabashed Pipeworks fan, but this one is truly something special. Intense, flavorful, balanced. This rates with the established leaders of the style. For what it's worth, I had a 2014 KBS right after this, and this was clearly better. Good Dog.....

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Photo of OneEye78
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a thin, dark brown head. Just a little bit of lacing. Smell is complex, with a strong vanilla and oak character, and hints of chocolate and brown sugar. Taste was semi-sweet chocolate and some hints of coffee, followed by a strong vanilla wave concluding in an oaky alcohol burn. A little bit thin for a 13% stout, but the taste definitely lingers and coats the tongue. This definitely lived up to its billing. An outstanding barrel aged stout.

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Photo of mschrei
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had over forty of Pipeworks' beers.
This may not be my favorite, but it was the best.
Damn glad I was able to get it at an independent store, as the big box chain in the area didn't have it when I called at 2 but somehow got it and sold out by 3:15 the same afternoon.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up in a trade and poured into a stubbed tulip glass.
Pours dark mahogany/almost black with a nice tan head, good retention and minor amounts of lace. Aroma is sweet rye whiskey, chocolate, molasses and vanilla. Flavor follows aroma - a lot of whiskey, chocolate and vanilla, some sweetness on the back end but finishes dry and boozy - very well balanced - absolutely phenomenal. Mellow carbonation, medium-bodied with some heat and dryness on the finish.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 209

12oz into HotD tulip

Moderate pour leaves extremely thin head. Quiet. Dark. Opaque.

I get virtually nothing off the nose.

Taste however is unexpected. Sweet. Smooth. Dark fruit and vanilla. Not a lot of barrel character. Finished with s slight alcohol burn. Quite enjoyable really.

Would definitely seek this out again and as it warms I'm thinking I may have rated it a bit low.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent barrel aged chocolate stout. Pours dark with a good, light touch of carbonation. Upon opening a wave of bourbon from the Buffalo Trace barrels hits you with a huge boozy aroma. This is a beer to serve at room temperature, where the chocolate and vanilla notes can be felt the best. Outstanding, and worth every penny.

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Photo of dknutsen
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Batch #209, sticker on side said 66657, 12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Really skeptical going into this, my second Pipeworks beer, after the harrowing Citra Ninja encounter. Fortunately I was pleasantly surprised.

A: Pours black with a bit of head that disappeared pretty quickly. Looks good.

S: Nose has a lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of -- this may be weird but -- that sting as if you stuck your face right in a bag of cocoa powder and took a big whiff. It's not necessarily unpleasant but made me think the taste might be a weird artificial cocoa. Fortunately that was not the case...

T: The taste follows the nose but instead of the harsh powdered cocoa it’s nice and smooth milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and roasty malts, basically in that order. The aftertaste, like other milk stouts, is a nice chocolate milk with a bit of bourbon as well. Yum! It gets even better as it warms. There's a bit of alcohol heat but that's expected with a >10% beer and overall it's masked pretty well.

M: creamy and full, very nice.

O: I went into this with low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. As I was sipping this I saw that it won an award at FoBAB, so that's cool too. Hopefully my next pdubs experience will be like this one.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle; the second bottling of the same beer. Poured into a snifter 9/29/2014.

A- Dark brown body, not much head or lacing. Pretty straightforward in terms of appearance. [3.75]

S- Chocolate, lactose, bourbon, oak, vanilla bean, a little bit of roast. Smells great, very clean with nice complexity and sweetness. [4.25]

F- Lactose, cocoa, vanilla, roast malt, milk chocolate, plenty of clean bourbon that integrates well with the beer rather than overwhelming the different adjuncts and the base beer. [4.25]

M- On the thinner end of medium, undercarbonated, but a pleasant combination of bourbon and adjuncts make this a nice sipper; there is definitely a decent bit of heat on this. Definitely worth splitting a bottle with other folks. [3.75]

O- Very nice offering from Pipeworks, this is certainly a very good, but not quite excellent, bourbon barrel aged stout. [4]

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Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 6/6/14

Thin black pour with little head. Aroma is all bourbon. Most whiskey smelling beers I've ever smelled. Taste is milky chocolate with a lot of bourbon. Very good, but very strong.

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